The 37th IWK Telethon for Children on CTV Raises an Incredible $6.6 million
The Maritime community welcomed the IWK Telethon back with open arms, pledging an incredible $6,630,585 million in support of the IWK. Celebrating the power of community in its 37th year, the Telethon wrapped up its virtual broadcast from the CTV Atlantic studio in Halifax on Sunday, June 6 with a special grand finale performance with many East Coast musicians coming together to sing Dave Gunning’s song These Hands.
“It’s been a very hard year and despite the challenges we’ve all faced, the generosity of Maritimers continues to shine bright for the IWK. Watching individuals, families, kids, organizations, businesses and entertainers from across our region come together virtually today was a very special celebration of the power of community,” says Jennifer Gillivan, President & CEO, IWK Foundation. “We’ve proven time and again this year that together we are stronger. We are humbled by the heart and generosity of everyone who supported the 37th IWK Telethon and grateful to our broadcast partners at CTV for bringing this spectacular and safe event to life.”
The IWK Telethon is the IWK’s largest annual fundraiser and supports the ongoing urgent priorities and opportunities at the IWK including equipment, education, research and innovation. This year, donors to the Telethon purchased many important pieces of equipment. One example is the CADD Infusion Pump and accessories for the IWK’s Pediatric Pain team. These pumps allow children to push a button when they are in pain and receive a safe dose of pain medication that has been programmed in advance by the pain physician.